Farmhouse Summer Ale | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Summer AleFarmhouse Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A tribute to the highly drinkable "every day" beers from French-speaking Belgium. Contains Belgian two-row pale malt and 7% wheat. This beer is lightly filtered with an earthy, spicy hop character from imported Styrian Goldings hops and a beautiful rich creamy head from the wheat.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001

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1/5  rDev -71.3%

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1/5  rDev -71.3%

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1/5  rDev -71.3%

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1/5  rDev -71.3%

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1.11/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer tastes like vomit. No really, it actually tastes and smells like fresh vomit. That might sound rather harsh, but it's the truth. I STRUGGLED through one of these, hoping at some point my palet would adjust to something that I was missing, but no, it just kept tasting like actual vomit. I don't really know what else to say, when a beer tastes this terrible the appearance and texture don't really matter. Epic failure.

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1.73/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a bright clear golden color with a huge fluffy white head. Lots of chunky lacing left behind.

S: Smells sweetly of grains and perhaps a bit of orange peel. Yeast is prevalant as well as a slight amount of funkyness. The smell reminds me a little of fresh vomit.

T: Bitter hops and faint sweet grains. This tastes a bit oxidized.

M: Thin mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

D: This beer just tastes bad. I had to choke down the one I poured, and I WILL NOT have another.

This is my first time having this beer, but it is just plain bad.

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

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2.27/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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2.38/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale

Appearance- a light yellow with a weak fizzy head.
Smell- light. slighty wheaty with a hint of citrus.
Taste- very watery. I detect straw/hay with a weak citrus bite.
Mouthfeel- bitter up front with a watery bland taste in the end.

Overall- Too weak, too watery, and what little taste wasn't that pleasant. Not horrible but not worth drinking. My summer won't be wasted on this. Sorry Flying Fish!!

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2.39/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This in no way stands up to any of the Saisons coming out of Belgium. My advice to this brewer is to leave it to the Belgian's to do what they do best, and that is brew great beer. This had hardly any flavor to it, and what was there was straw and corn, no good farmhouse flavors in any way, and no old world quality to it. Not good.

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2.43/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle (best by 8.7.13)

Appearance: Cloudy straw with fine white head

Aroma: Plums, yeast

Taste: A bit bread-like, white bread that is

Palate: Lots of carbonation making it mouth filling despite it's relatively light body. A bit spicy on the tongue

Overall: Not much flavor or discernable qualities

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2.44/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Pours clear gold with a small, fizzy white head that disappears instantly and leaves no trace. Smells incredibly faint; light malt with some light fruit. A bit floral, but that's a reach. Tastes of tangy wheat and sugary sweetness. Little/no hop presence, save for a hint at the finish. Light, fizzy feel. This doesn't even bare a passing resemblance to a proper saison; on top of that, it's too sweet to enjoy.

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2.48/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz Bottle to Pint Glass
Appearance is beer yellow color with little head . Good Smokey Flavor for a lighter beer. Easy to drink.

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I try very hard to like the beer brewed by this local brewer, but I just don't rate most of their beers very highly. The Farmhouse Ale came highly recommended. The appearance was pale yellow with a small head and no lacing. The aroma was close to non-existent with a slight hint of wheat.

The initial taste is of a weak Wit. It actually tasted a little watery but what kills the taste for me is a metallic aftertaste that I find with many Flying Fish brews. I don't know what it is, and it may just be me since other people can't taste it, but it ruins this beer for me.

It feels thin in the mouth but is cleansing. I had one and said enough.

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2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In a standard American pint...

I honestly thought this beer was a wit. It certainly doesn't stand up to even the worst saison I've had (shall remain nameless).

The body is a clear brown-yellow, with little head, just a ring. Nose is nothing more than a little grain. Tastes of light grain, citrus, possibly a wheat twang, and various spices I can't ID. The mouthfeel is medium and tingly from the high carbonation. This beer is refreshing, but too light and simple.

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2.59/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-light golden color with lots of carbonation,thick head with lots of lacing. The appearance is actually the best quality of this brew.
s-faint sweet notes, nothing remarkable
T-in a word bland. There are faint sweet notes on the tip of the tongue, but this is an unremarkable beer.
M&D-this beer goes down easy, very light and not very filling.
Overall-A very dissapointing beer that I will never purchase again. I was also not pleased to see this was contract brewed at Matt's Brewing.

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2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle with BB 9-22-14 into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a tiny white foam head. The head fades superfast leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite light overall with some smells of wheat and biscuit along with some lighter smells of a fruit sweetness which are mainly of a pear and lemon aroma. Along with these smells comes a very light grassy smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit taste and light fruit flavor of peach and pear. The peach and pear fruit flavors are later lost, being replaced by some other sweet flavors of a caramel and light candied sugar nature. Along with the transition in the sweet, there is also a transition in the malt with more wheat flavors and a cracker flavor coming to the tongue at the expense of the biscuit. With a light grassy and lemon flavor that comes to the tongue at the end of the taste, it leaves one with a muddled malty and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For the low abv. of the brew, the body is average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather low. The moderate thickness is fairly decent for the mix of malt, sweet, and light grass flavors of the brew, but the lower carbonation is not really appropriate for the brew, taking away the crispness and refreshing character that the beer should have.

Overall – Ah… A very lack luster beer. Nothing was all that great.. A rather weak look and very little aroma with the flavors never really find a balance and the body was a bit off for me. Not one I will likely do again.

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Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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